Jewellery inspired by Sark
Silver and Enamel Jewellery by Sue Daly
In the summer of 1988 in Bouley Bay, on the north coast of Jersey, Sue Daly had her first taste of scuba diving. It sparked a life-long passion for the underwater world and the marvellous marine life that lives there. She taught diving in Bouley Bay for 15 years and has become an award winning underwater photographer and wildlife film-maker. Although she has dived in tropical oceans all around the world, the seas around the Channel Islands and the creatures that call them home are still her favourites.
In 2008 Sue moved from Jersey to Sark where she recently began making vitreous enamel and fine silver jewellery. Vitreous enamel is powdered, coloured glass that melts and forms a permanent bond with the silver when fired in a kiln. She uses a combination of saw and solder champlevé techniques (to create a recess to fill with enamel) along with the use of flattened wire to add details to the design, a process called cloisonné.
The movement and patterns within the seas around the Channel have provided much of the inspiration for Sue’s jewellery with starfish, dolphins and swirling seashells featuring in her pieces. Sue has also made pendants based on the designs of Bronze Age amulets discovered on Sark in recent years and pieces inspired by the island’s star-filled night sky.
Sue’s work is for sale on the island at Sark Glass Take Two in the Avenue. She is also happy to undertake commissions. Contact her on 01481 832175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.